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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION December 1973 Pages 17-32 Freight costs were about for trees shipped from Ontario farm I I I John Byrne displays more expensive Scotch pine Christmas trees losing quality s By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The quality of natural Christmas trees is lower than what it used to be. and the natural trees may be los- ing sales to the artificial a Herald survey of the Lethbridge Christmas' tree market shows. Jerry Hisaoka of'Alcan Service says he ordered 450 to 500 trees this year. The figure is approximate because Mr. Hisaoka buys his trees in bales of from two to the size of the trees determining the number in a bale. used to bring in a lot he trees are getting harder to Business is being lost to artificial he and a drought in the Elko-Cranbrook where the trees are has made the bottom growth sparse. Paul who with Doug Prutton sells Christmas trees at the Centre Village Shopping Mall and at says Christmas tree quality is generally lower than what it used to be. Mr. Prutton and Mr. Toma say their trees sell lof an average of 50 cents per depending on the size and quality of the tree. Their prices have not changed in the last five they said. Three trees are cut off their own land and few are left because they are cut as they are needed. The mark-up on Christmas trees varies from 25 per cent to 50 per depending on the size of the says Mr. Hisaoka. The trees cost S5.50 a bale wholesale and retail between and he says. The average price is try to sell a tree for says Ed who works at an independent Christmas-tree dealership on the L-Mart parking lot at 4th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive. Andy who also works at the says it ordered trees from a tree farm in Ontario this and the freight costs were about CPR makes more on a Scotch pine than we says Mr. Church. The quality of fir trees is general- ly 'but the Scotch pines are says Mr. Besudir.. John a third employee at the says its prices range from to Prices average a depending on size and he says Only four of the pines were since these trees are sold mostly to halls and social clubs. One Christmas tree Al Snyder of Ponderosa Auto and Trailer says there may be a shortage of Christmas trees this year. Mr. Snyder says most of his trees cost or but Scotch pines are Artificial trees' endurance could return extra expense Artificial Christma trees cost more per foot than their natural but they could repay the ex- tra cost by their endurance. Henry Rennie has been running the Christmas shop at Eaton's for several years and says he has never encountered a worn-out artificial tree. His own ar- tificial tree is on its fourth it's still as good as when I first put it Seven-foot artificial trees range in price up to he with an average of about The average price would be about per foot and the maximum more than per foot. Retailers of natural trees estimated their prices at 50 cents to per though neither real nor artificial trees are actually sold by the foot. The manager of John says prices for artificial trees range up to the pop- ular range being to Mr. Loewen has had the same artificial tree for seven and says it is still in good condition. He estimates that an artificial tree has 12 to 15 years of use in it. The mark-up on artificial trees averages 30 per he says. At artificial fir trees are marked at for a six-foot for a seven-foot and for an eight-foot model. The price per foot ranges from to Mr. Rennie says artificial tree sales are up 10 per cent over last year at Eaton's. They are also up at says Mr. Loewen. Most artificial Christmas trees are in shades of green and are designed to look like various natural trees. There is not the same demand for silver trees as for says Mr. and Eaton's only ordered three silver trees this year. Police would play a support role9 says chief 'Addict roundup medical matter' Rounding up suspected hard-drug addicts for possible as recommended by the LeDain is a medical rather than a police matter. says Ralph Michelson. Lethbridge police chief. I think the idea of getting at the people who'are sick because of drugs is a good the chief they dry up the they can probably dry up the traffic. And this would helo stem crime' addicts are involved in to support their habit. Police would play a support role to the medical Chief Michelson said. In a report submitted to the Commons last the com- mission looking into the non- medical use of drugs recommended that police be empowered to round-up suspected drug addicts to be submitted to semi-compulsory treatment. The report says suspected addicts could be detained for up to 72 hours before being committed to a residential treatment centre. The chief said the first 72 hours of withdrawal for an ad- dict are and the place of detention should be a not a police cell. Chief Michelson sees the program as very similar to work the police now do with persons suffering from tuber- culosis or mental disorders. A doctor signs a and Arena joint-use still possible The Lethbridge Community College's use of the Sportsplex will create all kinds of organizational and scheduling but joint-use is still a definite the chairman of the LCC board of governors says. Bob Babki made the comment follow- ing a meeting with college ad- ministrators in which he was given a report on future physical education and recreation facility needs of the college. The college can't be specific about the amount of time it will need the Sportsplex facilities until further infor- mation can be obtained from the detailing the availability of all Sportsplex facilities and not just the gymnasium he said. In an October meeting of college and city the college agreed to look at its programs and then let the Sportsplex committee know the number of hours it will need to use the facility. The college has now decided that it may be able to use other Sportsplex facilities such as the handball when the portable gymnasium floor is not available to by altering some of its programming. Mr. Babki claims it a that LCC obtain daily use of some portion of the Sportsplex if it is to enter into a ren- tal agreement with the Sportsplex com- mittee for joint-use of the million facility. order for us to make a deal. they're going to have to give us sub- stantial use of the sportsplex The Sportsplex committee in October 'indicated its willingness to accom- modate the needs of LCC. don't think there is any doubt that if we can fit them in within the limits of we'll be bending over backwards to accommodate Vaughan sportsplex com- mittee said following the Oc- the acting on the pick up the person and transport him to the hospital. One effect of the addict round-up could be a spreading out from larger centres. Chief Michelson said. don't have much of a hard drug problem he said. if this program addicts in bigger cities will fan out all over and may end up in smaller cities. It may scatter the problem of addiction to some areas which haven't seen it The report also recommend- ed leniency in prosecution of marijuana and having possession offences for mari- juana and hashish removed from the Criminal Code. far as lighter sentences for marijuana he being done Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson said he would reserve comment on the report until ho hari mnra infnrmatinn Board will study security system for local schools Teachers compare salaries By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Vandalism in city public schools has still not reached a point where it costs more than a security but trustees intend to take another look at school security before the situation worsens. The type of vandalism that took place at the Senator Buchanan School this week seems to suggest we may need a change in the kind of security we now- in the the chairman of the public school board said Wednesday. Vandals broke into the school Tuesday and smash- ed windows and equipment and turned on a fire hose causing damage estimated at about Dorothy Beckel said the board will now for recommendations at what can be done to improve in the schools. The recommendations will likely be presented to the trustees in a January she said. Trustees Al Mont and Doug Card suggested that the board will have to discover why the vandals damaged the school. If the culprits were searching for the board may have to set up a policy of not allowing any money to be left in the schools at night. Mr. Card suggests. Not even small amounts of change should be left in the he says. The schools now receive regular security checks on weekends by public school staff and the city police patrol the schools regularly at night. The school board has been approached by the city police and a local security system company in past years to es- tablish a better security system in its schools. But the school board has been reluctant to instal a cost- ly security whether it be electronic or night- watchman type. Trustees have taken this at- titude because vandalism damage until last been very costly even though the public school district reports about six cases of vandalism a year. Before the Senator Buchanan School incident four other cases were reported in public schools this year. Vandals caused damage to Watson School. to Galbraith School. to Westminster School and to Fleetwood- Bawden School. There were also five cases of vandalism in public schools reported in 1972. The most ex- tensive damage took place at the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute during an attempt to crack its safe. Mack secretary- treasurer of the public school says the losses haven't warranted the cost of a security system. Some of the damage done at the Senator Buchanan School is covered by insurance. The insurance policy purchased by the public schools has a deductible clause on any damage done to the school but only a deductible on Mr. Crumley said. So insurance will cover items such as the the public address a radio and the drink- ing fountain damaged during the break-in. City police have carried out an investigation throughout the school and are still searching for the vandals. come up with Insp. Max Coupland insisted Wednesday. During the city police found footprints that may assist them- in locating the vandals. Insp. Coupland said he didn't think the vandals were looking for money. was just wilful damage. What kick they got out of it I don't the disgruntled inspector said in an interview Wednesday. Del. Alex Ivanco says the schools should have a better system because police officers can only check them a limited number of times each night. 'The schools should arrange to have some of their jan- itorial staff perform more night checks at the schools and leave more lights on. he suggested as two methods of By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Southern Alberta rural teachers for the first time in years will be making more money than teachers in the southern if rural trustees ratify a contract to- day that has already been approved by the teachers. Joe chief negotiator for the when making the statement in a telephone interview from Edmonton also in- dicated he wished he could have obtained other benefits for the teachers. But he said both negotiators had tc live within financial restrictions placed on school boards in Alberta. was very pleased with the way the trustees con- ducted negotiations this year. iTiey certainiy had a different attitude than last he said. He claimed the school boards realized that teachers should be granted a substan- tial increase in salaries to keep in line with the cost of but they had to live within the percentage increase they were granted by the province. That is why the announce- ment by the provincial government this month to increase grants to the school boards to nine per cent in 1974 made negotiations much he explained. Mr. Berlando said there no question about it .that the additional funds from the government eased the problem the boards were hav- ing in stretching the dollars available to The major concession given up by the teachers was in the area of insurance he said. Mr. Berlando claims rural teachers need a substantial improvement in insurance benefits. The 1300 Southern Alberta rural teachers will receive an average pay hike of 9.013 per cent and the rural principals are to receive a salary increase between 11 and 14 per cent if rural trustees ratify a contract. Indications from some trustees are that the contract will be approved by the trustees and become binding for a period of one year as of Jan. 1. 1974. According to contract details officially released rural principals are to receive an increase in their allowances in addition to the nine per cent salary hike. Their allowances are to be changed from a set rate based on the number of teachers un- der their jurisdiction to a percentage scale based on a combination of salary level and the number of teachers in the school. The principal and vice- principal are also included in the tabulation of the number of teachers in a school when the calculation of the prin- cipal's allowance is made. Instead of receiving for each of the first six teachers on their the principals are to receive an allowance based on three per cent of the fourth year minimum salary level. Under the 1974 the allowance will rfmount to for each of the first five teachers. for each of the next five. for each of the following five and one per cent of the fourth year teacher salary minimum for each CITY STORE REMOVES CANDLES Eaton's in Lethbridge has removed about 50 candles and candle-making kits using lead-centred wicks from its shelves. want to have confir- mation as to whether these things are dangerous or Ken Rooke. store said Wednesday. Mr. Rooke emphasized no one had the full facts about whether a lead core in the wicks constituted a hazard. The department of consumer affairs is testing such candles to see if fumes produced when they are burned any danger to health. The core keeps the wick upright and helps control the candle's burn. John Simpsons Sears said he has heard nothing from his head of- fice on the candles. Time Air raises fares Air Ltd has announc- ed increases in both fares and services. Stubb president of the Lethbridge-based firm which provides air service to Red Deer and Medicine said Wednesday that fares will go up 13 per cent Jan. 1. It is the first fare increase the firm has been granted in three he said. A one- way ticket will now cost a increase. Lethbridge- Edmonton fares will increase from to Mr. Ross said rates to points outside the province will remain the same. Effective Jan. the firm will provide eight flights daily between Calgary and Lethbridge. Mr. Ross said. Six flights each way are now be- ing provided. The rate increase is due mainly to increased costs in parts and supplies. Mr. Ross said. Although fuel costs have gone up. this has had only a minor effect on he said. Car thief remanded A Lethbridge youth who pleaded guilty in provincial court Wednesday to stealing a car was remanded to Jan. 2 for sentencing. Richard was at a party Dec. 15 when he took a car belonging to a near- by resident. He was stopped by police a few minutes later and charged with impaired driving. Bourassa was fined and costs on the impaired driving charge and released on his own recognizance. named to committee A University of Lethbridge professor was recently elected chairman of a provin- cial committee that makes recommendations on the en- vironment to Alberta's minister of the environment. Dr. Paul Lewis was elected to a one-year term as chairman of the Public Ad- visory Committee on the En- vironment which has over 70 representatives from a varie- ty of organizations throughout the province. He has served on the com- mittee since its inception in 1071 ;